WHAT’S A SKETCHBOOK?

For those of you who have never encountered a sketchbook, it’s basically a diary with drawings. Your drawing. You carry it wherever you go and when you see something, you draw a picture in your book and maybe also write some words about it, what you were thinking, what the day is like, maybe even your mood. Yesterday was the first time I actually tried drawing and here are the results.

I was encouraged by my first little drawing of dried ivy leaves, so I decided to try a bird. Clearly I need to do a lot more work. I got the roundness right. Our Cardinals look like tennis balls with beaks. They are big eaters.

Despite my Cardinal looking like it was drawn by a third-grader, I decided to move along to the “fruit drawing with highlights” — the final stage of that lesson. I grabbed our last remaining apple.

An apple — much better than my bird!

This was the first time I drew something and tried to make it look “3D.” I got the top indent of the apple and it’s the first time I’ve done that. It’s a breakthrough!

And that was lesson one. Technically it was lesson three, but I didn’t count the introduction and discussion of how to lay out the book so you’ll like how it looks. I’m still not happy with my “book design,” but I have time to work on it.



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29 replies

  1. Marilyn, bravo! I think the Cardinal is beautiful, as is the Apple!

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  2. Quite impressive for your first attempts. You’ve got promise!

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    • Maybe it’s a whole new career! No, wait, I did career already. Well, it’s fun. I always wanted to learn to draw better. I could always draw a little, but I never studied it and don’t handle the tools well. I don’t know if this course will be enough, but I might make do with watercolor pencils. You use pencils to draw, then you wet them and they look like watercolors. But I’ll see. Tomorrow, I have to try watercolors and see if maybe I’ve improved. I sort of doubt it, but who knows? At least my hands don’t shake!

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  3. I think you’ve talent Marilyn

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    • Thank you 🙂 I’ve got a LITTLE talent. Not a major talent.

      I always could draw, but very early recognized it as a “minor” talent. I was always a much better writer than I was at anything else and photography has been slowly developing over the past 53 years. I’m almost good at it 😀

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      • Oh absolutely, your photography is marvelous but not average in drawing either

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        • Thank you. You make me feel better about giving it a try. I feel a bit old to be learning a new skill, but I have time and it’s winter, so why not?

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          • No one is too old to learn. I think I’ll give it a try too.

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            • As skill sets go, drawing is easy and inexpensive. No easels to buy, no canvas, no expensive oil or acrylic paints. Pencils, colored pencils, a basic set of watercolors — they sell kits that have all of this in them. I bought medium priced stuff figuring if I find I’m good enough, I can upgrade — though I think the quality I got is surprisingly good. Much better than I expected. Because it’s online, I can do it any time AND you can redo the course as many times as you need. I’m redoing the same lesson again because I’m better, but I’m not “there” yet.

              Here’s the link.

              https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home

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  4. You could draw Marilyn???
    I open my mouth large,
    “Oh”, love you very much,
    I like your bird and your apple.

    DTQT.
    🌹❤🦋🐦

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    • Thank you. I can draw a little but I’ve never taken any instruction, so i don’t handle materials well — and I’m totally hopeless with brushes. I think I may need more than this one course to learn to handle brushes!

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  5. How wonderful and I think they look great

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    • Thank you. It’s a better than expected start. It’s not great art, but at least everything looks more or less like the thing I’m drawing and the apple really looks like the apple. I did a few peppers today and they came out well. Maybe i should just stick with fruits and veggies.

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  6. Marilyn, what a great concept. A “drawings” diary. So many possibilities. I love your apple and it’s 3-D look.

    The pudgy bird is on target with those birds who are pigging out at your feeders.

    Keep this going, Marilyn!

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    • Really THANK YOU for the support. At my age, it seems sort of silly to try to learn this, but I always wanted to learn to draw and maybe do some watercolors. I don’t expect to become a great painter, but at least it’s fun.

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  7. I think you did pretty well. Your birds are on the chubby side and you did a good job with the apple. Naomi likes to draw and paint and hopes to get back to it soon. We have a shed next to the outside laundry and bathroom which is to be put aside for craft hobbies as soon as we can get all the stuff stored in it sorted out. A long time ago when Teddy was a puppy, she was painting a still life of an apple and he managed to knock it off the table she had it on and ran off with it. When she got it back it was half eaten. I don’t think that picture ever got finished.

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    • One of the reasons I didn’t want to get involved in serious painting is because of the setup — and knowing that the Duke would surely knock everything down no matter what I did. Also, paint needs time to dry, especially oils which can take days — or more — to finally set. My mother liked them exactly because you could go back and fix them days afterward, but in a household with a fast moving dog, that’s death by collision for sure! So that outside location sounds idyllic.

      I could always draw a little, but never took any lessons, not even in school. But I can do this at home and I can keep redoing one lesson until I feel I’ve really gotten it. I redid the same lesson today that I did yesterday. I think I need one more day at least. I do NOT think I’m ready for watercolors!

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      • Naomi really enjoys art and has dabbled in different mediums over the years so she’s excited to get this room set up as a studio. Like you she likes to go back over a lesson, online, or on a DVD until she’s satisfied that she gets it.

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        • I used to paint using poster paints — WAY back when I was younger than my granddaughter is now. I could always draw a bit, though frankly, I think my drawings were advanced doodles 😀 Some were very GOOD doodles, though.

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  8. I think the bird turned out great!

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    • Thank you.

      He looks (shape-wise) like the actual bird who’s so pudgy it’s amazing he can get his beak into the feeder with a tummy that big. But the picture is flat. Creating 3-dimensionality is one of those things I’m hoping this course will help me learn. That Cardinal is a perfect example of a flat picture. At least it looks like a Cardinal 😀

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  9. Oh Marilyn, I would never have guessed it was your first drawings, They are really great, I love your coloring on the apple. I can’t wait to see more as you learn more.

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    • Thank you, though I still think that Cardinal (he really IS that fat — I’m surprised he can get his beak into the feeder with a stomach that big) looks kind of 8 years old. I seem to be doing well on fruits and vegetables but I’m awful using brushes. I decided rather than leaping into watercolors, I would try my watercolor pencils. It worked well on the three bright little peppers, but badly on an antique Chinese porcelain vase. You’d think inanimate things would be easier — but they aren’t. You can fudge a bit on a piece of fruit, but a vase has a defined shape. Getting it to come out even on both sides is difficult — at least for me. I seem to have an angulation issue.

      I could always draw a little. I bet you can do. I think having a good “eye” usually means you can make pictures in more than one way. Owen draws pretty well, though he much prefers a camera. I don’t think Garry has ever tried.

      I’m hoping I’ll be able to at least not look ridiculous. Also interesting is that pictures drawn from items you are really looking at turn out better than drawings done from a photograph. I’m not sure why but I’m sure there’s a reason.

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